The AP is reporting that actor Ernest Borgnine has died of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 95.

Borgnine was best known for his work in both film and TV, having starred on the program "McHale's Navy," as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale. Up on the big screen, Borgnine won an Oscar for one of his earliest roles, as the lead character in 1955's "Marty," which saw the actor playing a 34-year-old single man who gets pressured by his friends and family to find a wife and settle down.

A year earlier, Borgnine starred in the film "From Here to Eternity." as Staff Sergeant James R. "Fatso" Judson, a character who famously beats up Frank Sinatra's Private Angelo Maggio. Last year, Borgnine spoke about that role to NPR, stating that "he was a hard character to get along with. And he had a cigar. He always had a cigar in his mouth. Now if the cigar was down, and it was just kind of relaxing in his mouth, that was fine. But if that cigar stuck straight out, watch yourself."

Borgnine would go on to star in dozens of other films, including "The Dirty Dozen," "The Wild Bunch," The Poseidon Adventure" and "Escape From New York." According to IMDb, the actor's final film is "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente," which is scheduled for release some time this year.
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